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4. Te Wahipounamu, New Zealand

This tongue twister's aesthetic attractions need no translation. Technically, "Te Wahipounamu" is a traditional Maori name for the South Island of New Zealand. But it's also become the catchall for the area's national parks: Mount Cook, Fiordland, and Westland.

These sanctuaries owe at least part of their wild beauty to the locals, who "are all active protectors," according to Traveler magazine (New Zealand maps, photos, facts, and music).

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